Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley, Bamyan

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Enclosed by Hindu Kush at 2,500 m (8,200 ft), Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley once hosted huge statues of Buddha carved in a cliff, and now forms part of a World Heritage Site preserving Buddhist heritage along the Silk Road. Some 264 km (164 mi) west of Kabul, the giant Bamiyan Buddha statues--which stood 53 m (175 ft), 55 m (180 ft), and 37 m (121 ft) high respectively--were sadly destroyed, with only a barrel vault made of baked bricks from the sixth and seventh centuries remaining. With the Bamiyan River flowing through the valley, this cultural landscape houses artifacts dating from the first to the 13th centuries. Spanning 342 ha (845 ac), the area features numerous Buddhist monastic sanctuaries. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley and many more Bamyan attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Bamyan vacation builder.
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  • A visit to Bamiyan Valley is one of those rare moments that will stay with you forever. There is limited to almost nonexistent tourist infrastructure here (when I visited I could not find the tourist ...  more »
  • The Buddhas themselves were destroyed in March 2001, by the Taleban just 8-9 months before they were removed from power in Afghanistan. The alcoves in which they were carved remain, and seem to have b...  more »
  • Of course, the site would be even better if the statues of the Buddha had not been destroyed by the Taliban. But the site remains imposing, very interesting, one can imagine what it was (especially since there are pictures). We can climb in the caves and passages dug into the rock by the monks. Possible also to projecting laser the great Buddha in its niche but it's very expensive.
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